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EGX chairman proposes allowing SPAC listings on exchange

Farid stated that the proposed amendments could unlock new horizons for startups with high growth prospects through expanding into the capital market

By: Business Today Egypt

Mon, Sep. 13, 2021

While submitting proposed amendments to the listing regulations to be reviewed by the Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA), the Egyptian Exchange's (EGX) Chairman, Mohamed Farid, proposed introducing rules for listing special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).

SPACs are established solely to raise capital for the purpose of acquiring an operating business, in a bid to comply with the best international practices in this regard.

Farid stated that the proposed amendments could unlock new horizons for startups with high growth prospects through expanding into the capital market, which will increase their business volumes and contribute to boosting Egypt's economic growth.

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The amendments come in response to the rapid changes in the business models of emerging companies, which differ from traditional companies, he added.

The proposed amendments were previously reviewed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly during his meeting with a number of entrepreneurs, including the CEO of the Egyptian ride-sharing app Swvl, Mostafa Kandil, in the presence of the Minister of International Cooperation, Rania El-Mashat, the Executive Director of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and the EGX's Chairman, Mohamed Farid. 

Under the proposed rules, the proceeds will be invested in fixed-income savings pools until the completion of the acquisition. In case an acquisition transaction is not executed within two years, the SPAC will be liquidated and the proceeds will be returned to shareholders. 

It also includes introducing new amendments to the listing rules to facilitate the acquisition of unlisted companies by listed ones by requiring their compliance with full governance rules and achievement of a positive average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of revenues.